Dubai, Doha and Beirut top list of most expensive Arab cities

UAE's Dubai was found to be the most expensive city in the Arab world. (Shutterstock)
Updated 31 January 2018
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Dubai, Doha and Beirut top list of most expensive Arab cities

DUBAI: UAE’s Dubai topped the list of most expensive Arab cities in the world with a cost-of-living index of 72.58, according to the 2018 Cost of Living index.
The 2018 Cost of Living Index, produced by crowd-sourced global database Numbeo, placed the Emirate as first in the region and 210th in the world.
A cost-of-living index is a theoretical price index that measures relative cost of living over time or regions. It measures differences in the price of goods and services, and allows for substitutions with other items as prices vary.
Qatar’s Doha (66.12) and Lebanon’s Beirut (65.03) take the second and third spots in the list for the Arab world, while sitting 288th and 299th globally.
Other entries include Jordan’s Amman (58.47), Oman’s Muscat (51.20) and Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah (51) — who respectively rank 328th, 365th and 367th globally.
At the bottom of the list sits Iraq’s Baghdad at a cost of living index of 46.05, with a global rank of 406th.
Israel’s Tel Aviv-Yafo, Jerusalem, Ramat Gan, and Haifa all sit on top of the list for Western Asia — with the former having an index of 90.36 and a global ranking of 34.
Iran’s Tehran, on the other hand, ranks 65th in Asia with an index of 37.8.
Country City Arab Rank (20) Global Rank (540) Cost of Living Index
United Arab Emirates Dubai 1 210 72.58
Qatar Doha 2 288 66.12
Lebanon Beirut 3 299 65.03
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi 4 300 64.97
United Arab Emirates Sharjah 5 324 59.38
Bahrain Manama 6 326 59
Jordan Amman 7 328 58.47
Oman Muscat 8 365 51.20
Saudi Arabia Jeddah 9 367 51
Saudi Arabia  Khobar 10 375 50.18
Iraq Irbil 11 385 49.08
Saudi Arabia Dammam 12 388 48.87
Saudi Arabia Riyadh 13 391 48.21
Iraq Baghdad 14 406 46.05
Morocco Rabat 15 434 41.62
Morocco Casablanca 16 458 38.81
Algeria Algiers 17 473 37.13
Tunisia Tunis 18 506 30.06
Egypt Cairo 19 525 26.49
Egypt Alexandria 20 538 23.78


Man jailed for hoax bomb call so he could catch UK flight to Los Angeles

Jacob Meir Abdellak.
Updated 17 August 2018
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Man jailed for hoax bomb call so he could catch UK flight to Los Angeles

  • He was running late for his flight and thought it would be a good idea to call in a hoax bomb

LONDON: A French man who was running late for his flight from London to Los Angeles tried to delay it by calling police to say there was a bomb on board.
Librarian Jacob Meir Abdellak, who lives in east London, made the call eight minutes before his 5.47 a.m. Norwegian Air flight from Gatwick Airport was due to leave on May 11 because he was significantly late and airline staff had refused to allow him on board, a court heard.
His hoax meant passengers had to be re-screened and take-off was delayed by 90 minutes. An investigation by Gatwick revealed that the hoax call had been made using the same number linked to his booking.
When Abdellak returned to the airport to take another flight to the United States on May 22, he was arrested.
He initially claimed he had lost his phone’s SIM card but on Tuesday pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court to communicating false information regarding a noxious substance likely to create serious risk to human health. He was sentenced to 10 months in prison.
“This was a quite ridiculous decision made by Abdellak, who fabricated an extremely serious allegation purely for his own benefit,” said Gatwick Police Chief Inspector Marc Clothier on Thursday.
“He was running late for his flight and thought it would be a good idea to call in a hoax bomb, however this turned out to be the worst decision he could have made.”